Santorum: 'I didn't understand' voter frustration

CAMP HILL, Pa. (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says he didn't always understand conservatives' frustration with Washington but says he comprehends it now.

Santorum was Pennsylvania's junior senator when he endorsed moderate incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter over conservative Pat Toomey in the 2004 GOP primary. The pick fueled conservative discontent, contributing to Santorum's defeat in his reelection bid two years later.

Santorum has told Saturday's Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in Camp Hill that the 2006 loss helped him grasp conservatives' frustration with government.

The former senator said he used to think Pennsylvanians didn't understand how business was done in Washington. He says, "In a sense, I didn't understand."

Santorum points to his consistent, social conservative stances to separate himself from the GOP presidential field, saying he offers an alternative to President Barack Obama.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 144092476 -